VIDEO: Son of suspect in 5-year-old’s death wrestled to ground after courtroom altercation

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The son of a daycare worker arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old caused a scene in court on Wednesday morning.

The son of Valerie Rena Patterson aggressively approached his mother during her bond hearing. DeMarcus LeAndrew Lymon, 24, was wrestled to the ground by at least five men, including Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste.

At some point during Patterson’s bond hearing, Lymon became emotionally distressed and went past the courtroom gates. Lymon “aggressively went after” his mother, but was tackled to the ground by a combination of courtroom officers and local law enforcement.

The exact reason for the altercation is unclear. Patterson’s bond hearing was delayed by the judge.

Lymon was arrested outside the courtroom and booked into Mobile Metro Jail. He is charged with interfering with judicial proceedings, a class B misdemeanor.

Patterson has been charged in the death of 5-year-old Kamden Johnson, who was found dead on Demetropolis Road by a group of young children on Monday. Police say preliminary autopsy reports show no physical trauma to Kamden.

Valarie Rena Patterson (Source: WKRG)

The family of Kamden Johnson released a statement on Tuesday evening through their attorney, expressing how “simply devastated” they are over losing him.

Patterson worked at Community Nursery and Preschool on Hillcrest Road, the same preschool reportedly attended by Kamden Johnson.

Chief Battiste says Patterson was only “somewhat” cooperative when she was being interviewed by investigators and taken into custody.

“She is the primary suspect,” said Chief Battiste, speaking of Patterson.

Patterson’s lengthy arrest record, which goes back to 1991, includes 12 prior arrests. There are 12 charges of theft of property, as well as fleeing as a fugitive from the state of Florida, failure to appear in court, and giving a false name or address.


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